convolution
noun Date: 1545 1. a form or shape that is folded in curved or tortuous windings 2. one of the irregular ridges on the surface of the brain and especially of the cerebrum of higher mammals 3. a complication or intricacy of form, design, or structure

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  • convolution — [ kɔ̃vɔlysjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1762 « action de s enrouler autour »; fin XIVe convolucion; du lat. convolutus → convoluté ♦ Math. Opération mathématique de combinaison de deux fonctions. Le produit de convolution de deux fonctions réelles f et g de la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Convolution — Con vo*lu tion, n. 1. The act of rolling anything upon itself, or one thing upon another; a winding motion. [1913 Webster] O er the calm sea, in convolution swift, The feathered eddy floats. Thomson. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being rolled… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • convolution — index complex (entanglement), digression, distortion, involution Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • convolution — (n.) 1540s, from L. convolutus, pp. of convolvere to roll together, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + volvere to roll (see VULVA (Cf. vulva)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • convolution — [n] loop, spiral coil, coiling, complexity, contortion, curlicue, flexing, gyration, helix, intricacy, involution, serpentine, sinuosity, sinuousness, snaking, swirl, tortuousness, twist, undulation, winding; concept 436 Ant. line, straightness …   New thesaurus

  • convolution — ► NOUN 1) a coil or twist. 2) the state of being or process of becoming coiled or twisted. 3) a complex argument, statement, etc. DERIVATIVES convolutional adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from convolvere roll together …   English terms dictionary

  • convolution — [kän΄və lo͞o′shən] n. [ML convolutio < L convolutus, pp. of convolvere: see CONVOLVE] 1. a twisting, coiling, or winding together 2. a convoluted condition 3. a fold, twist, or coil of something convoluted; specif., any of the irregular folds… …   English World dictionary

  • Convolution — For the usage in formal language theory, see Convolution (computer science). Convolution of two square pulses: the resulting waveform is a triangular pulse. One of the functions (in this case g) is first reflected about τ = 0 and then offset by t …   Wikipedia

  • Convolution — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Complex curvature. < N PARAG:Convolution >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 winding winding &c. >V. Sgm: N 1 convolution convolution involution circumvolution Sgm: N 1 wave wave undulation tortuosity anfractu …   English dictionary for students

  • Convolution — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Convolution », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Le terme convolution désigne deux types d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • convolution — con|vo|lu|tion [ˌkɔnvəˈlu:ʃən US ˌka:n ] n [C usually plural] 1.) the complicated details of a story, explanation etc, which make it difficult to understand convolution of ▪ the endless convolutions of the plot 2.) a fold or twist in something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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